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Kompany To Be Given Another Chance At Gr1 Glory
Kool Kompany (Jeremy-Absolutely Cool, by Indian Ridge) is likely to be given another chance at Gr1 glory before the end of the season after finishing a close second Sunday's Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, reports attheraces.com. Following the withdrawal of Anthem Alexander due to the heavy ground, Richard Hannon's colt was sent out an odds-on favourite for Europe's first 2YO Gr1 event of the season, but had to settle for second prize behind Ballydoyle colt Dick Whittington. "It's always disappointing when you're beaten at odds-on," said Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing. "We took the brave route by supplementing him for a Group One and everything looked in place, but unfortunately it didn't come off on the day. He was only beaten half a length and ran a gallant race in defeat, so we shouldn't be too despondent." Kool Kompany is now likely to have his sights lowered on his next appearance before stepping back up to Gr1 level in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on 17 October. Speaking on his website, trainer Richard Hannon commented: "It was another terrific effort from Kool Kompany, and though we will see how he comes out of that race before making plans, his performance in Ireland showed that there is a Group 1 in him, and the Middle Park Stakes has to come into the equation." Kool Kompany has won 5 of his 7 starts hitherto, highlighted by the Gr2 Railway Stakes at The Curragh and the Gr2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.